Tuesday, November 21

“I do want to.”

Scripture: Matthew 8-10

Matthew 8:2-3 Then a man suffering from a dreaded skin disease came to him, knelt down before him, and said, “Sir, if you want to, you can make me clean.” Jesus reached out and touched him. “I do want to,” he answered. “Be clean!” At once the man was healed of his disease.

Observation/application

“I do want to.”

That was Jesus’ answer to the man’s request for healing.  The man acknowledged that Jesus could heal him if He wanted to.  “I do want to.”

Was there anyone who came to Jesus and asked for healing to whom Jesus said “No”?  I can’t think of any.  Every person who asked Jesus for healing received it.  He was not only able to heal, but wanted to.

In these chapters, there is a long list of people who came for healing and were healed: this leper, the Roman officer’s servant, Peter’s mother in law, all the people in Peter’s village, the demonized men of Gadara, the paralyzed man brought by 4 friends, Jairus’ daughter, the bleeding woman, two blind men, a mute, and then a crowd of sick people.  Jesus healed them all.  And then gave His disciples authority to heal and sent them out on mission.

Is it God’s will to heal?  Based on Jesus, yes.  Our Father loves us, and like any good Father, He wants the best for us, and I think that would include being well.  “I do want to.”  When Jesus healed, He was doing God’s will on earth as it is done in heaven.  There will be no sickness there!

We are still living in a fallen world, and we’ll deal with sickness and death until Jesus comes and completes the full restoration of God’s creation.  We won’t experience full healing until then.  But meanwhile, we can pray with confidence that God wants us well.  I never wonder if God wants someone well.  If I doubted He wanted me well, I would never take medicine or see a doctor or pray for healing.  I don’t have simple answers for why we’re not all healed (other than this is not heaven), but I don’t doubt that He wants to.  “I do want to.”

Prayer: Lord, today I pray for my sick friends with confidence that You can heal them and You want to.  Thank You for wanting the very best for us!